Hey! No problem, thanks for yours! Ooooh you know, Just delightfully cruising through life spending most my time vomiting my brain on to paper! Other than that just being a hermit saving for my holiday!
My name is Chloe Kovska, I’m 23 years old. I work a boring normal job just like anyone else but like to spend most of my private time indulging in old vintage toons, creepy literature and observing/gaining knowledge on all different types of art. I also love cooking and living a healthy lifestyle, I try to get creative with food too.Being an only child growing up I seemed to just spend most of my time locked away drawing in my own chaotic mess, not much has changed! I’m still bit of a loner so I like to hide away in my own world I’ve created for myself.
While you were sitting on the floor drawing, you mentioned that you grew up in a fairly artistic environment, what was it like growing up in that environment?
My family was a strange mix, my mother is from Scotland and moved here with a very small portion of her family. My father is from Macedonia and the art side definitely bled out of his family. Both sides came from very poor areas to start new lives here. Drawing is how they entertained themselves. Having a European background growing up I spent most of my youth surrounded by my family every weekend, not going out with friends etc. My father painted a lot of realism using oils and acrylics which He exposed me to at a very young age so essentially growing up I drew more of that type of stuff. Portraits, human anatomy, landscapes, anything and everything. He had four brothers which were all very artistic and all used different mediums and had different styles. So I feel I was blessed to be able to try and experiment in many versatile ways when it came to art. I still remember times where we would all sit around a large table painting and drawing together. Everyone doing their own creations. Again my father, Teki, will always be the one responsible for my art addiction until this day. He taught me how to paint, blend colours, shade…everything from such an early age (which im still trying to get better at). He pulled out an acrylic on canvas recently that I had done at age three of some roses haha! And I’m forever grateful for that from him.
At a very young age, maybe early primary school years I used mainly acrylic, grey lead and charcoal. I tried drawing anything and everything I could. Another thing I was exposed to from my family was their crazy collection of super hero comics dating back to the early 60s. So I found myself trying to draw and make a lot of my own comics and heroes. I think though when it came down to it I would draw with anything in front of me! Even if I were sitting on the concrete there would be a rock in my hand or my school desks would be completely trashed when I was done with them!
I think growing up in that environment has only been a positive influence on my art and how I approach it. It embedded a seed in my brain of a growing addiction to only get better, to push boundaries and to keep creating. Drawing for me is like drugs to a junkie, I just can’t stop. I get anxious at times where I find I don’t have the time to draw when life’s routines get in the way. I get pure enjoyment and a release out of it and I feel if that addiction weren’t there anymore I would have nothing.
One of my uncles started getting tattooed in 1974. He is completely covered in traditional pieces. From the webbed elbows to the love and hate poked in knuckles, to the big boobied Pin Ups! I remember it being a hot summers day and my grandmother was having a dinner outside with my whole family. She had just bought a puppy and I was chasing it around and chased it under a table. As I was crawling under the table I saw my uncles legs for the first time completely decked out with bold imagery with fat lines. I remember staring at them for a little while and then thinking I wanted some. I was in primary school then so it was a little while back now.
Another uncle funnily enough had tattoos done 20-15 years ago by coincidently some of the same artists I get tattooed by today. Being around them gave me the tattoo bug at a young age, which of course my folks weren’t too happy about. I think the tattoo kind of reference started coming out in my work when I first hit high school, then I found myself trapped in a new world of art addictions. I started getting tattooed at 18 and met many souls along the way who have heavily influenced my work. The tattooers Dave McAleese and Steven Peters were some of the first people to tattoo me and influence me here in Australia. Steve Peters helped me a lot when I was younger with guidance in what mediums to use and more recently in my life the tattoo Artist Fergus Simms. Both of which I still admire artistically until this day. Tattooing is amazing to observe everywhere, it’s like every country has their own twang on things. From bold and bright American traditional, to the wackier Swedish stuff, to the almost Picasso tweaked Spanish stuff to the bold or even pretty English stuff I’ve seen. There’s influences everywhere.
I love looking at the imagery on your flash sheets. From cum covered cartoon lips, smoking playboy skulls, an affliction for cartoonish imagery, mixed with tattoo and russian criminal related art, you seem to have a vast array of influences.
I think all of these images represent parts of my creepy chaotic brain, my thoughts and desires. Im very attracted to risqué, sickening and cheeky imagery. I feel like a human sponge when it comes to art and try to soak in as much as I can from everywhere and everything that I find aesthetically pleasing. There’s nights I can’t sleep because my head is churning out ideas that I want to try, as scrappy as some turn out. But I know if I don’t sit down with some paper and chuck my gizzards on it then I won’t be able to stop thinking about it.
Do you set out to receive a particular reaction with you work?
I admire beautiful art work. But mine never turns out beautiful. I try to paint something lovely and I find I’m never satisfied until I ugly it up a bit. Not that I am ever, ever satisfied.
I feel like when I see artists work that isn’t as pretty, I see more of their internals. You can see many things through observing ones art.
I never set out to receive any kind of reaction. I refer to myself as a pleasure painter. It is nice seeing what people think, but at the end of the day I paint or draw the things I do because I want to.
People either like it, or they don’t and that’s ok with me.
What’s in your pockets right now?
My pockets right now..haha to aid my healthy living is one of my great habits is a cigarette lighter and some rollies!! House keys, usual stuff, coins and water Mellon gum!!
Lately i’ve been reading a lot of tattoo books, naughty magazines, cook books and my friends zines.
Listening to? Hmm depends in my mood. If I feel like painting then it’s screaming jay Hawkins or ‘old fashioned morphine’ by Jolie Holland. If I feel like dancing its artists like kromestar. If I feel like relaxing or hiding I find myself listening to stuff like the black heart procession, and I hate myself. I think it’s important to take in and value all types of music. Watching ? Vintage 30s-40s toons and Anything that makes me laugh, cringe or cry.
Phone/camera (pathetic I know) but I’m a sucker for documenting stuff.
Anything you’re working on or coming up that we should look out for?
I have a few exciting things in the works which I have to keep my lips sealed on, hehe!
Otherwise I don’t know! Everything I seem to create seems to be based on what I’m vibing or how I’m feeling. I never really know what I’m going to do until it’s right in front of me. Explains why they are never refined/perfect looking!
Australia – Hellbourne
Instagram – boobiesnbooties
Tattoo – addiction
Religion – The deluded
Black – need to buy paint
Time – The only thing we have.
Ugly – beauty
Free – living
Art – heart
Life – happy
Peace – chaos
Where can people follow what you’re up to and view your work?
I think the only place they can see it is on my Instagram under ‘CKOVSKA’. It’s like a personal diary of day to day stuff too but my art is the most frequent on there 😉